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Three River Fly Fishing Festival

Posted by OldCashiers on April 25, 2019
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Three River Fly Fishing Festival

3 River Fly Fishing Festival

The Three River Fly Fishing Festival, is back again and celebrating its seventh year.  Not only is this one of the most exciting events on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, but also proceeds go to a charitable cause.  Over the last seven years, the Three River Fly Fishing Festival has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund. 

Anglers of all skill levels are welcome.  From amateurs learning the ropes to veterans looking for a guide to accompany them to some of the best stream fishing in the US.  This three day adventure ensures everyone in the group will have a memorable time. 

The first day, Thursday, April 27th a casting clinic will be held at Harris Lake in downtown Highlands. During the clinic, which is free and open to the public, novice fishers will be given casting instructions by experts and more seasoned casters can hone their skills. If needed, equipment will be available to rent for the festival. “Committee member Hilary Wilkes explains that it’s not meant to be too serious, This is a fun weekend! We don’t give cash prizes but have lots of great awards donated by sponsors and vendors given for everything from the most fish caught to the best fish tale, even the ugliest fish.”

3 River Fly FishingFriday and Saturday will be all day fishing, and is open to teams of two (2).  You can register at the Highland Hiker stores in Highlands or Cashiers. Each team chooses to fish either guided or unguided venues but must stay within the tournament map’s boundaries which including the Chattooga River, the Cullasaja River, and the Nantahala Rivers. In addition to these boundaries, teams are encouraged to fish a native stream, a delayed harvest stream, and a hatchery supported stream. The guides available to hire are local and have many insights into where all the best fishing spots are.

Additionally, Cyprus Restaurant and The Ugly Dog Pub will host dinner festivities…no doubt it will be a weekend to remember.   If you have questions or wish to become a sponsor, stop by either Highland Hiker location and ask for Hilary, or you may also find information on their Facebook page, Highlands Three River Fly Fishing Festival.

Date: April 25-27, 2019

Highlands Hiker Locations:

Highlands Location:

601 Main Street

Highlands Location:

Highlands, NC 28741(828) 526-5298

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 AM- 5 PM

Sunday Closed

Cashiers Location:

47 Highway 107 SouthCashiers, NC 28717

(828) 743-1732

Hours: Monday, Wednesday – Saturday 10 AM- 5 PMTuesday & Sunday Closed

Event Fee: $500 per group of two (2). Email Hilary at or by phone: (828) 526-0441.

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